Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont and Senate President John Cullerton of Chicago announced the formation of committees to study workers’ compensation and Medicaid reforms, as the Illinois Senate returned to Springfield November 16 to begin the fall veto session.

The Workers’ Compensation Reform Committee will review current workers’ compensation practices with the goal of creating a more competitive business environment, while protecting the rights of Illinois’ workforce. The Medicaid Reform Committee will recommend specific measures to reduce Medicaid costs by creating efficiencies, reducing fraud and preserving a safety net essential to the well-being of citizens.

Senate Republicans have been pushing for both workers’ compensation and Medicaid reform to help get Illinois’ budget back on track. The committees are bipartisan, with equal number of members from each political party. Both committees intend to begin work immediately, and plan to make recommendations to the Senate before January 3, 2011.

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